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April 24
Taking part in a mandatory personal growth/customer excellence/self-actualization type course at work, feel like I am missing something. [more inside]
posted by Cosine to Society & Culture at 11:21 AM - 13 answers

Got off-cycle with my birth control (NuvaRing) & now period weirdness has ensued, and I'm not sure whether to call the month a loss and just "start fresh" next month or ... what. More (kinda grody, sorry) details inside, because I don't want to be TMI on the front page. [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 to Health & Fitness at 9:59 AM - 10 answers

April 23
I'll be spending two weeks in South Africa at the end of August. Where should I go besides Cape Town and Johannesburg? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals to Travel & Transportation at 7:39 PM - 5 answers

We rent a condo that my parents bought under my name last October (and pay rent to my parents), and have gradually realized that there are several bylaws that seems unreasonable. One of them is the complete prohibition of bicycles in the building. The board claims that there is a "bike room," but it's actually just a mobile bike rack in the garage where most of the bikes on the rack are missing tires, saddles, parts (so we know it's not secure, and there are thefts around). The garage also has been inaccessible for the last 8 months due to construction. The other unreasonable rule is that there is a fixed laundry room schedule that was determined before we moved in. I want to know to what extent can a condo board enforce these bylaws? What can they do? Do they actually have legal rights to tell me when I am and am not allowed to wash my clothes? What can we do to change the bylaws? [more inside]
posted by redwaterman to Grab Bag at 4:12 PM - 26 answers

Help me search for the way to fix it so that the pattern I hear in Liquid Rhythm gets played on roughly the 'right' drums when I export midi into Addictive Drums. At the moment importing Midi into AD from LR results in stuff played at the right time on unexpected drums. What is fixing this problem called so I can search for a solution? [more inside]
posted by aesop to Media & Arts at 3:59 PM - 5 answers

I read an article recently about our species ongoing bid to destroy our natural habitat. In the article (possibly 'The Guardian') it invoked a concept invented by (I think) a cultural critic (whose name escapes me), the general premise being that our slow-motion environmental collapse falls into a class of ideas that are so vast that our minds can't process or focus on it and therefore it tends to disregard it. I'm sure the article gave this concept a name...any ideas?
posted by Rufus T. Firefly to Science & Nature at 3:14 PM - 8 answers

So I recently moved to San Mateo, CA from Chicago, hurray! Pretty much everything has been great and the move quite smooth. What sucks is that in the move my beloved Panasonic ST60 60 inch was broken, likely during the drive out here. I had moved who packed it up and delivered it to UPack, then moved who unloaded it from there and moved it into my house. Sadly it didn't survive. Now I need to start looking or thinking about a replacement BUT Panasonic stopped making plasma's altogether and I wasn't expecting to have to buy a TV again so soon. What should my next TV be? [more inside]
posted by Carillon to Technology at 1:31 PM - 12 answers

Has it ever been discussed anywhere online what Slash's hair might smell like? I can't find anything.
posted by josher71 to Grab Bag at 12:41 PM - 4 answers

I would like to cobble together a client side script that will display YouTube links more or less like MetaFilter does - as a text link with a small "play" icon after it. Click the words you go to YouTube, click the 'play' thingus and you get an overlay. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt to Computers & Internet at 10:00 AM - 5 answers

I have a few hours waiting in an airport, i know most of the art history documents, but does anyone know any examples of brilliant long reads, in theology, music criticism, general culture and the like, that could keep me entertained, in downloadable pdfs.
posted by PinkMoose to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:57 AM - 5 answers

In the DC area, does anyone have a recommendation for a mechanic? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee to Grab Bag at 6:27 AM - 7 answers

My brother and I recently found out that we are collectively receiving $220,000 from our father's estate (he passed away four years ago when we were both in our early 20s). We were advised to invest in some more profitable stocks and were given a list by a financial advisor, but neither of us have a clue how to begin making these types of decisions. Does anyone know any good (free) online resources to start learning the basics of investing and choosing a diverse portfolio? I've been wanting to develop financial acumen for some time now and I guess this is a good opportunity to start, but I don't want to make any mistakes. Any advice? Many thanks!
posted by desert_laundry to Work & Money at 1:16 AM - 33 answers

April 22
We are looking for shelf-stable, packaged proteins and veggies that are gluten free to go in lunches. We know about GoPicnic already, but we'd like some more variety and real vegetables of some sort! Proteins are mostly easy (spreads, dips, cheeses, jerkies), but finding the individual packed shelf stable ones are tough. We have found no veggies that fit the bill at all- we were thinking freeze dried veggies, but that sounds unappetizing and looks really expensive (also not individually packaged).
posted by Brent Parker to Food & Drink at 10:00 PM - 27 answers

I know Google Voice and Hangouts will merge on May 15th and XMPP support will end. XMPP doesn't affect me, but I'm trying to figure out what will change. Has there been an announcement or is it still unknown what features from Voice will survive in this new service? [more inside]
posted by ridogi to Technology at 9:39 PM - 7 answers

Can you think of examples of a work of fiction directly referencing its author's prior but unrelated work of fiction, when these works do not take place in the same fictional universe or contain any characters in common? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown to Writing & Language at 9:13 PM - 41 answers

I'm currently a records manager for the Feds, but what I really love is the data. I've been thinking that I would like to change over into a more research/policy analyst type of job, but I'm unsure of exactly how to get from here to there. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible to Work & Money at 4:06 PM - 2 answers

I strained my adductor muscle (groin) in March and rested like a mofo - no exercise at all for probably 10 weeks. The doctor said it looked like a localized injury and that some stiffness would be natural because the repaired muscle grows back a little longer (weird). I've been gradually ramping back up with slow exercise - yoga, dance, etc. - but today after a more strenuous workout I'm feeling a dull ache in my muscle after no pain at all for weeks. Argh. YANMD, but ye who have pulled groin muscles before, does this mean I have hurt myself again, or is some soreness here and there natural? Do you ever feel pain from past injuries? Should I go back to the doctor or just do some gentle stretches and watch it for a few days? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto to Health & Fitness at 2:21 PM - 5 answers

I want to be able to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7 on a PC. This is the default for opening Word docs but for some reason Excel limits me to multiple windows inside one instance. Is there a way to do this? Challenge: I do not have the ability to edit the registry on this (work) computer.
posted by Wretch729 to Computers & Internet at 1:31 PM - 12 answers

Give me some fun ideas to do with my not yet walking, grass hating, only has interest in climbing stairs 15 month old. I'm getting rather bored with him during the day and I don't know what to do with him. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:07 PM - 28 answers

I'm considering going back to school to become an electrician. Tell me why I should/shouldn't. [more inside]
posted by lizifer to Work & Money at 11:47 AM - 23 answers

Who are the most well known academics in the field of intellectual property, and especially copyright law? Especially academics active in the last 5-10 years? The more radical, the better. [more inside]
posted by skewed to Law & Government at 11:32 AM - 19 answers

Hi folks, looking for recommendations for a new NAS drive to replace our dying Iomega drive. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson to Technology at 11:10 AM - 5 answers

I'm listening to Stephen King's Under the Dome on audiobook. I'm on disc 5 of about 30, and enjoying it so far. However, I'm worried about the canine residents of Chester's Mill. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex to Writing & Language at 10:28 AM - 9 answers

How long will it take me to drive from LAX to Irvine/Newport Beach at 4pm on a Friday? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid to Travel & Transportation at 9:36 AM - 23 answers

I’m searching for tips for my girlfriend and I (male) while we spend 3 months travelling around Europe this summer. Details over the fold. [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango to Travel & Transportation at 8:58 AM - 21 answers

I'd like to treat my parents to a night/weekend at a bed and breakfast, somewhere within an hour of the New Paltz/Kingston area of upstate NY. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue to Travel & Transportation at 8:28 AM - 6 answers

Looking for a new range cooker for our dream kitchen. I like Rangemasters, my wife likes FANTASTICALLY expensive Falcon ranges. Are they really that different? They're both made by Aga aren't they? [more inside]
posted by generichuman to Home & Garden at 8:18 AM - 12 answers

So this happened in the Netherlands, devastating our English speaking, torrent addicted household. So how can we get our TV without getting a cable subscription? Details below. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish to Technology at 4:29 AM - 10 answers

April 21
We're going to have some folks filling out the same simple form on a regular basis. Is there an app-based solution where they can enter the data and upload it securely to a central repository at the end of the day? A web solution may have been easier, but we're worried connectivity might be an issue during parts of the day. We want users to tap an app and be able to fill out a bunch of forms, then upload them all (securely) at the end of the day. A simple, elegant, fast interface would be a real plus. [more inside]
posted by borborygmi to Computers & Internet at 9:42 PM - 4 answers

A favorite childhood book was titled something like "A Mysterious Parcel." It was a translation from another (unknown) language into my own Eastern European language, so the original title might have been quite different. [more inside]
posted by Atrahasis to Writing & Language at 7:36 PM - 2 answers

Small child paid more attention than expected at our Easter services and is now retelling us with gusto how Mary nailed Jesus to the wood and then he melted (death as understood by her from Raymond Brigg's The Snowman) and then woke up again. Only with a lot more details and blood. The story is quite mixed up in her mind because she's pieced it together from icons and gospel passages and questions we've answered. We're matter-of-fact about death etc in our household, and she's very interested in emotional narratives, so this is fascinating and confusing her. The children's bibles we have elide over the actual details of the crucifixion, and while I can and have read her the actual accounts, they're a struggle for her to follow the language. Is there a film or animation out there that includes the crucifixion and resurrection but doesn't revel in the gore like Mel Gibson, or reduce it to singing vegetables?
posted by viggorlijah to Religion & Philosophy at 7:29 PM - 9 answers

I haven't had a boyfriend since I was 16 and I'm 22 now. I'm dating this new guy for less than a month now, and though we both seem to want to make it work, I feel we have pretty different communication styles. We've also been through quite a lot during the past few weeks which we may need help getting over. I'm incredibly bad at dating, inexperienced in romantic relationships and honestly want this to work. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen to Human Relations at 6:09 PM - 59 answers

There's a video I'm trying to find - like a flash animation or maybe a youtube thing, from 5-ish ~ 10-ish years ago. All I remember is that it had like, geometric shapes that moved around, and the narration was a stream of consciousness thing, and the only part of the narration I remember is "this is why you drink." It was the kind of thing I'd expect to see on Boing Boing, maybe. Anyone have any idea at all what I might be talking about?
posted by colin_l to Computers & Internet at 4:29 PM - 2 answers

I want to learn how to build something like this. Starting from nothing, what kind of skillset will I need to acquire?
posted by pakoothefakoo to Computers & Internet at 4:27 PM - 6 answers

Bought a large bag of unsalted corn chips and didn't realize it until I got home. Store won't take them back without a receipt which I don't have. Do you have an easy method for adding salt to unsalted chips? I'm not talking about pouring salt over the chips.
posted by Xurando to Food & Drink at 2:28 PM - 20 answers

I need to send some legal documents (a wage garnishment assignment from a spousal support court judgement) to the appropriate department at AirBnB. The garnishment is for one of their employees, my ex-husband. I am having trouble locating the appropriate contact at AirBnB. Does anyone have an email address or direct phone number for either the legal department or Accounts Payable? [more inside]
posted by ananci to Work & Money at 2:27 PM - 10 answers

This is a souvenir tile my wife's parents bought in Holland 30-odd years ago. We'd like to work out where the picture comes from.
posted by monkey closet to Media & Arts at 1:59 PM - 2 answers

we are having a sundae bar at our wedding. what is the best (cheapest) way to get very large quantities of candies and chocolates for a sundae bar for 175 people? We're willing to spend money on delicious, but not on packaging. We are willing to ship stuff, but not to pay extravagant fees to do so. We are willing to buy at Costco, but it seems like cheaper should exist somewhere? Also, what are your favourite sundae toppings that you would be excited to see at a sundae bar? Also, if you have any tips about how we should lay it out in a cute way, please feel free to inspire us. thank you!
posted by andreapandrea to Food & Drink at 1:31 PM - 20 answers

I'm looking for a specific series of paintings (watercolors?) depicting characters from a hodgepodge of recent popular movies - Juno, Pacific Rim, Fargo, Hot Fuzz, Monsters University, Casino Royale, among others. Low detail, no background - mainly just characters on a beige/brown background. [more inside]
posted by hot soup to Grab Bag at 12:27 PM - 2 answers

I am considering a set-top box for commercial video-streaming. An Amazon Fire TV + Amazon Prime + Netflix subscription sounds pretty good. Should I be looking at other hardware or services? [more inside]
posted by Zed to Technology at 11:06 AM - 19 answers